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for 2002-2003 - Match 31

With many thanks to Brian Judson, without whom this feature would not be possible.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2003
Birmingham City v West Bromwich Albion 1-0

In a dire game ruined by electric tension, supersub Horsfield scored the only goal of the game deep in injury time added on to the 90th minute. A shot from Stern John was deflected into the air and Horsfield headed the ball behind Hoult. This defeat will probably condemn West Bromwich Albion to relegation.

Chelsea v Manchester City 5-0

Kevin Keegan was furious with the lack of fight shown by his team in this match, warning them they were still not safe from relegation. Hasselbaink grabbed the first goal of the match in the 37th minute when Zola centred from the left for Hasselbaink to force the ball home before Distin could react. Terry added a second in the 43rd minute when he headed home a corner from Le Saux. Stanic made the score 3-0 in the 58th minute when Hasselbaink took a corner, Terry headed the ball on for Stanic to force the ball home. Lampard added a fourth in the 69th minute when Cole and Lampard swapped passes before Lampard stroked the ball home wide of Schmeichel. Gallas rounded off the romp in the 79th minute when he sidefooted a Lampard cross beyond Schmeichel.

Manchester United v Fulham 3-0

There were 67,706 spectators to witness this match. Ruud van Nistelrooy put the Reds ahead from the penalty spot in the 45th minute after Solksjaer was tugged back by Zak Knight. The second goal came when van Nistelrooy eluded a number of Fulham defenders in the 68th minute to beat Maik Taylor from an angle. As the fans were starting to leave, van Nistelrooy completed his hat-trick in the 90th minute when he tapped home a cross from Giggs.

Middlesbrough v Charlton Athletic 1-1

The Addicks were outgunned for most of the match but survived to snatch a point. Johansson put them ahead in the 26th minute when Lisbie caught both Ehiogu and Southgate leaving it to each other to clear the ball. Lisbie's pass found Johansson unmarked and Schwarzer was not able to prevent him from scoring. Christie equalised for Middlesbrough in the 57th minute when Queuendrue found space on the left wing to lob the ball for Christie to stab home.

Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers 5-1

Graeme Souness was furious with his side after the match. He was also upset when Yorke at first refused to be substituted. Newcastle were always the better side. Solano headed them ahead in the 24th minute when he headed home a cross from Robert. Duff equalised in the 54th minute when Newcastle conceded a free-kick. The Magpies blocked the shot but Duff fired the ball beyond Given. Robert put the Magpies back in front in the 61st minute when Gresko fouled Shearer and then disputed the decision. The ball was advanced 10 yards and Robert fired in a dipping free-kick that Friedel saw too late. Jennas extended the Magpies lead in the 85th minute when Hughes sent him through to side foot the ball home. Gresko then conceded an own goal in the 89th minute as he tried to divert Dyer's centre for a corner. Bellamy then tore upfield to complete the rout in the 90th minute when he slotted in a centre from Viana.

Southampton v Aston Villa 2-2

How Villa failed to win this match is a huge mystery! Hendrie fired them ahead in the 30th minute when he fired in a 22-yard curling shot. Vassell added a second goal in the 36th minute when Lundekvam failed to clear the ball and Vassell took advantage of the mistake to score. Beattie reduced the arrears in the 40th minute when he latched on to a deflection from Ormerod's header to score. Deep in injury time at the end of the match, Davies lashed home a deserved equaliser in the 90th minute after Johnsen had wildly slashed the ball into the air.

West Ham United v Sunderland 2-0

The Mackems are doomed to relegation in everything but mathematics. New manager Mick McCarthy admitted as much after the game as he announced there would be huge changes during the summer. Defoe scored the first goal in the 24th minute when Johnson sent in a centre which Les Ferdinand headed on for Defoe to spin and hook the ball beyond Sorensen. Kanoute added a second goal in the 65th minute when Carrick split the Sunderland defence and Kanoute had all the time in the world to claim his goal.

Sunday, March 23rd, 2003
Arsenal v Everton 2-1

The Gooners are back on top of the table following this crucial win. Cygan put them ahead in the 8th minute when he took advantage of some hesitancy on the part of Wright to head home Henry's corner. Rooney equalised in the 56th minute to celebrate his call-up for England next weekend. Cygan retreated, hesitating to commit himself to a tackle and Rooney blasted the ball beyond Taylor. Vieira struck in the 64th minute to ensure the points would be Arsenal's. Vieira headed on Taylor's long goal-kick. Henry and Bergkamp swapped passes. Stubbs failed to clear the ball and Vieira was on hand to score the winning goal.

Liverpool v Leeds United 3-1

The visitors clearly lacked confidence as they had no one to organise their defending. Owen put Liverpool ahead in the 12th minute when Gerrard and Owen swapped passes to put Diouf through. Diouf's centre found Owen free to crack home a left footed volley. Murphy added a second in the 20th minute when Andy D'Urso allowed play to continue despite a foul by Mills on Riise. As Leeds stopped playing in anticipation of a free-kick, Murphy volleyed the ball beyond Robinson. Viduka gave Leeds some hope in the 44th minute when he forced the ball home at the second attempt behind Dudek. But Gerrard ensured the points would remain at Anfield in the 73rd minute when Owen raced on to a ball that Harte was backing away from before evading Lucic to present Gerrard with a chance to score.

Monday, March 24th, 2003
Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur 1-0

Haven't you read this yet? Go to the link immediately!

Cheers, Brian

	
      FA Barclaycard Premiership  

Pos.         Pl. W. D. L. F-A. GD Pts

 1 Arsenal   31 20  6  5 66-33 33  66 
 2 Man Utd   31 19  7  5 51-27 24  64
 3 Newcastle 31 19  4  8 54-35 19  61
 4 Chelsea   31 15  9  7 57-31 26  54 
 5 Liverpool 31 14 10  7 47-31 16  52
 6 Everton   31 14  8  9 39-36  3  50 
 7 Charlton  31 13  7 11 40-39  1  46
 8 Blackburn 31 12 10  9 38-37  1  46
 9 So'pton   31 11 11  9 34-33  1  44
10 Spurs     31 12  7 12 43-44 -1  43 
11 M'brough  31 11  9 11 39-35  4  42
12 Man City  31 12  5 14 40-49 -9  41
13 Fulham    31 10  8 13 35-40 -5  38 
14 A. Villa  31 10  6 15 33-37 -4  36
15 B'mingham 31  9  8 14 29-42 -13 35
16 Leeds     31 10  4 17 38-45 -7  34
17 Bolton    31  7 11 13 34-47 -13 32
18 West Ham  31  7  9 15 34-53 -19 30
19 West Brom 31  5  6 20 21-47 -26 21
20 S'derland 31  4  7 20 19-50 -31 19

Cheers, Brian

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